Hemp clothing project – Ancient China

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Hemp clothing project: A shirt made out of hemp cloth

Visit your local craft market and check out some things made of hemp. What do hemp clothes feel like? What about hemp rope? Hemp shoes? Do they have anything made out of hemp plastic? Just as many things in the ancient world were made out of straw, a lot of things could also be made from hemp – hats, bed mats, floor coverings, pillows, and shoes.

Or, if there’s no craft market near you, click on the picture to order a hemp shirt from Amazon. What does the shirt feel like? How would you like to wear hemp clothing? Does it feel different from your cotton clothes? How?

Did this hemp clothing project work for you? Why or why not? Let us know in the comments!

More about Hemp

Bibliography and further reading about hemp:

Warm As Wool, Cool As Cotton, by Carter Houck (1986). For kids – includes the history of these fibers.

World Textiles: A Concise History, by Mary Schoeser (2003). For adults.

Women’s Work: The First 20,000 Years : Women, Cloth, and Society in Early Times, by Elizabeth Wayland Barber (1995). Not for kids, but an interested high schooler could read it. Fascinating ideas about the way people made cloth in ancient times, and why it was that way.

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By |2018-04-18T21:25:31+00:00June 8th, 2017|China, Clothing|0 Comments
Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Hemp clothing project – Ancient China. Quatr.us Study Guides, June 8, 2017. Web. December 19, 2018.

About the Author:

Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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